Sad . . . she's broody again.

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by nuchickontheblock, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. I've got one girl who goes broody every 6 weeks. Very sad putting her into the wire broody buster cage tonight. She always seems so bewildered about the whole thing. . . like one minute she's cozy pancaked in an empty nest box and the next minute I scoop her up and she's in an elevated cage! I hope it works fast. Last time she was broody it lasted 40 days and then took her 18 days to recover before she started to lay again. She's my best layer when she isn't broody, molting or having a hidden nest. . . . which seems to be most of the time. [​IMG]

    In the Spring I'll have to get her some eggs, but not sure what to do with any extra roos. . . we aren't supposed to have any here.
  2. tinydancer87

    tinydancer87 Songster

    Apr 5, 2011
    SE Georgia
    Wish one of mine would go broody! I wanna hatch some more eggs....
  3. buckabucka

    buckabucka Crowing

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    After the cage failed (with repeated attempts) with mine, I just let them sit now. I move them out of the way when I clean or collect eggs. My leghorn sat the longest, - about 70 days! I figure she deserved a long rest, after laying almost daily for so long.
  4. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

    Apr 1, 2007
    N. Carolina
    I feel your pain. One of my silkie hens was broody from June to October... [​IMG] I finally shut her out of the coop. Her name is Goon. Weirdest silkie ever!
  5. pontoosuc

    pontoosuc Songster

    Jun 9, 2010
    Richmond, MA
    After 4 hatches this summer I love my broodies. Though I feel your pain as far as missing the eggs.

    I did read a good anti broody option on byc the other day. Freeze some eggs, put them under your broody.
    Change to new frozen eggs every few hours. I'm trying this option next time.
  6. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have a hen that the previous owner said went broody 3x since spring, I'm hoping she'll go broody and I can put some eggs under her. As far as extra roos (we're not supposed to have them either) I'll just offer them on CL for free (they go fast here). Good luck.
  7. ChickenLove123

    ChickenLove123 Songster

    Mar 7, 2011
    Quote:Great idea!
  8. TrystInn

    TrystInn Songster

    Sep 16, 2009
    Southern Arizona
    Heck, I rent our broodies out to folks who want eggs or chicks raised. I've even stuck a few ducklings under one to raise. [​IMG]

    Broodies are an opportunity with a 21 day deadline. [​IMG]
  9. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Send her to me. I don't have a broody hen!

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